I posted a question which was closed as off-topic and it seems like it could fit on another site in the network. How can I go about moving it there?

  • What is migration and how does the process work?
  • Who can migrate questions?
  • When should I consider migration?
  • What can cause migrations to be rejected?

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What is migration?

Migration allows an off-topic question to be moved to another site in the Stack Exchange network gracefully. It preserves the current revision of the question, all its answers, and any comments on any of those posts, as well as most of the votes.

Side Effects of Migration:

  • Down votes are cleared from the question upon its migration.

  • If a user who has participated in the question does not have an account on the target site, their username is displayed as plain-text until they create an account there.

  • Answers on the origin site are deleted immediately upon question migration (this causes a reversal of all associated reputation on the origin site).

  • The question is left as a stub, or pathway to the new site, for 30 days, after which it is automatically deleted (again, this causes a reversal of all associated reputation on the origin site).

When can a question be migrated, and who can migrate it?

Only questions which are younger than 60 days can be migrated to other sites. This rule applies even to moderators on the site.

Any user with 3,000 reputation can vote to migrate a question to another site via a list of up to five sites, which are most relevant to that site. Simply load the close dialog, select the off-topic because close reason, and then select belongs on another site in the off-topic reason list. This will present the list of available migration targets.

Getting to the migrate screen

Migration requires a super-majority when closing, which means that it will only be migrated automatically if four users vote to migrate it to the same site.

If you don't have 3,000 reputation, the site isn't in the list of available migration targets, or the question got closed without being migrated, do not fret. You can also flag the question for moderator attention and request that they migrate it for you. Simply explain in the reason which site you want it to be migrated (please select one site; don't list all possible sites it could go to).

Things to consider when migrating questions:

  • Don't migrate crap! Ever. If the question is likely to be closed on the destination site anyway, don't bother migrating it. Just close it here and advise the OP of the other site in the comments. If they decide to improve the question, then they can go post it over there, or they can edit their question and have it migrated later.

  • Avoid migrating answered questions. The point of migration is to send the question to an on-topic place when it can get answered. If the OP already has an answer, then we've already defeated the purpose of migration and the destination site won't have anything to do with the question. Avoid migrating these questions unless they are of extremely good quality and risk deletion on the current site.

  • Don't migrate for the sake of migration. We only migrate questions because they are off-topic on this site. It is perfectly possible for a question to be on-topic on multiple sites, but that is not a reason to migrate it elsewhere. The OP asked their question here, so if it's on-topic here, then it should stay here.

  • Be familiar with the destination site. If you have never even visited the destination site before, read through the FAQ thoroughly and make sure the question actually belongs there. Don't look at the name of a site and automatically assume the question can be asked there. Each site has their own rules which vary greatly across the sites.

  • If you're not sure, don't migrate it. Let someone else who is sure do that, or ask for opinions from the community in a relevant chat room.

What causes a migration to be rejected and what happens after?

An automatic migration by users with 3,000 reputation voting to migrate can be automatically rejected before it even gets migrated if one of the following conditions apply:

  • The user is question-banned or suspended on the destination site.
  • The question does not contain any tags that exist on the destination site (and the destination site isn't a meta site).
  • The question is an exact duplicate of another question on the destination site.

As well, a question can rejected by the target community after it has already been migrated if it gets closed as a reason other than duplicate, or gets deleted (usually by the owner) on the target site. When a question which was already migrated gets rejected, the entire process of the migration is reversed. All the answers are returned to the origin site and undeleted* and are subsequently deleted on the target site.

*Note: If the question was already deleted on the origin site, migration rejection does not cause the question to be undeleted.

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Can we clarify here what happens to up- and down-votes on answers that exist at the time of migration? It is clear the rep from those votes is reversed, but I believe the score of the answer remains intact when it arrives at the destination site. –  Aaron Bertrand Nov 28 '13 at 4:44
    
Also I think "Avoid migrating answered questions." should be clarified further, e.g. questions with accepted answers. Just because a question has answers does not mean it has been answered, that the answers that already exist are of any respectable quality, or that it won't get better answers on the destination site. The motivation for migration is not always because it can't be answered on the source site; sometimes it's just that it has the best chance at getting the best answer at the destination. –  Aaron Bertrand Nov 28 '13 at 4:46
    
subsequently deleted on the target site - how long after the rejection is it deleted? –  Jim Jan 7 at 20:49
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